Build 2015 Keynote Day 1 Summary

Recordings of the event will be available at https://channel9.msdn.com/events/build/2015.  Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference opening keynote was a testament to Microsoft’s openness.  We demonstrated and announced a new free cross-platform Visual Studio edition, great integration with Docker, and methods for developers to bring code for the Web, .NET/Win32, Android, and iOS to Windows 10.  We also…

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Enterprise guidance for publishing Windows apps

Note: this guidance applies to the Windows 8/8.1 Store.  My team has worked with multiple large corporations, helping them develop a strategy for publishing Windows and Windows Phone applications.  If your company is developing a mobile strategy for Windows and Windows Phone, here is my advice for corporations on publishing Windows apps.  First of all,…

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Windows 8 games made by college students

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some college students who are building games.  Some of the students have published games in the Windows Store.  Most games are free.  Check out the screenshots below – there are some really fun games, addictive puzzles, creative storylines, and impressive graphics.  If you run…

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College Fight Song Apps

College football bowl season is upon us!  A local company based in East Lansing, Michigan has created a series of 45 “college fight song” apps which include the university’s fight song(s), lyrics, and photos.  For a limited time to the first 100 downloaders, these 45 apps will be FREE.  The full list is below.  Download…

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App Review: Parents Pregnancy & Baby Guide

As the only pregnant member of my team, the Parents Pregnancy & Baby Guide app for the Windows Store is an excellent choice to review.  I am actually a subscriber to Parents magazine.  I love their content, and I like keeping up with the latest recommendations on children’s health, discipline, etc.  The app follows a…

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It’s now even cheaper to build apps for the Windows Store!

Whoo-hoo!  Now, I personally don’t believe that developing for the Windows Store was ever that expensive (an individual account used to be $49/year, and it is $99/year for iOS developer registration), but it has gotten even better!  Starting today, you can develop for both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store for the single…

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Upcoming Central US Events through Dec 2013

My team and I are running 4 event series through the end of the calendar year, in numerous cities across the Central United States.  You can get caught up on the big announcements from //build, learn Windows 8 and Windows Phone development, and more!   Join us for these free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by…

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Student Event Resources

I have run a number of Windows 8 student events recently at numerous universities and colleges, and I’m gearing up to start again for the fall.  Here is the list of links and resources that I provide to students, gathered in one place.  Getting set up Visual Studio Windows 8 Development Resources Scirra Construct 2…

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“Frank’s World” Build 2013 videos – Windows Store improvements

My teammate Frank LaVigne created a video on the second day of Build 2013.  Near the beginning, I talk a little bit about the improvements in the Windows Store for the Windows 8.1 release.  You can view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Per58dCBb0.   You can see Frank’s complete video coverage of //build at the following links.  I…

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Comparison of Windows Store vs. Google Play

In this article, my goal is a facts-based comparison of the Windows Store (for Windows 8 apps) and Google Play (for Android apps).  I’ve included links to my references throughout this article that were available and published as of April 25, 2013.  Ability to make money First, here is a quick table to summarize the…

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